Needing You More

As my children grow older, I realize finally what my friend Cathy meant when she said my children would need me more, not less, as they approached the teen years. My three younger children, 7, 5, and 3, need me to orchestrate baths, prepare their meals, and take care of a myriad of other details. […]

Truly Debt Free

I remember shortly after we bought our first house, I would lie awake at night fretting about the mortgage. At the time it seemed like a ton of money. And the presence of debt just stressed me out. Years later, we sold that house, moved cross country,¬†bought another, and acquired even more debt. And that […]

10 Things I Want to Do with My Kids As Easter Approaches

With ten days until Easter, I’m making some goals on how to make those days spiritually meaningful for me and my family. Lately my kids are just little spiritual sponges. I’ve had more theological discussions with these little people in the last month than I have had with anyone in a long time. It’s been […]

Life at Light Speed

photo source It feels like life is moving at light speed these days. I wake up ahead of the sun and before I know it, it’s lunch time. Bedtime comes seemingly before I can stretch and look about me. And, truth be told, most days I can’t tell you what I’ve done. It’s an odd […]

Failures into Victories

A seeming failure may not be what you think it is. Sometimes God uses our biggest challenges to produce great victories. I tend to be the optimistic/Pollyanna type of person. (You’ve figured that out already, huh?) I can dream big dreams and envision such fun, exciting projects. Sometimes, those big dreams don’t exactly come to […]

The Grass is Always Greener – Series in Review

Jealousy and want can plague each of us from time to time. But, when we turn our attention to our own gardens, we get a glimpse of great beauty and a better way. Last fall I shared a series called, “The Grass is Always Greener.” It was an exploration of how we can make things […]

Living a Better Story

The point of a story is never about the ending….It’s about your character getting molded in the hard work of the middle. — Donald Miller Hubs and I have been reading and discussing this book over the last few weeks. Yes, I’m cheating. It’s on the Booking It reading list for March. But, FishPapa grabbed […]

What Makes Christmas Merry

A Merry Christmas is not found in the abundance of gifts, food, or frolics, but in a knowing and a confidence in Him. Christmas really isn’t about the presents. The music and the stories and films are all well and good, too. But, they aren’t what it’s about. It’s not even about the food. Christmas […]